The continuing saga of a wholy irreverent new way of reviewing albums!
It's like sitting in a room with a bunch of jaded music critics and
getting a snapshot of how they feel about an album. Honesty and first
impressions are the key to the Bargain Basement. (opinions expressed may not hold true after
repeated listenings to albums)
Ronald: Highly musical hard rock - excellent guitar work,
pristine vocals, great drums, understandable lyrics. Awesome! Jimmy: Heavily processed Nu-math-metal, but with hunky
new singer. Gerald: Better than average Nu-metal. I like the absence
of Cookie Monster vocals. Richard: This is modern rock? Whatever. Earache, my
Apollo - Good Grief
Ronald: Brilliant alt-country-grass. Songs of incredible
depth & personality, excellent lyrics, moody passages &
hootenanny dirges. Jimmy: Mix Squirrel Nut Zippers vibe & Sixteen Horsepower
& this is what you get. Surprisingly very good. Gerald: Kind of an alt-country, folky, bluesy, bluegrass
feel. Richard: Sixteen Horsepower without all the dark religious
Avett Brothers - Live Vol. 2
Ronald: Excellent live set from alt-bluegrass troubadours.
Brilliant songs, great loose performances, great sense of humor. Jimmy: Live recordings usually suck, this one doesn't.
Great new folk/bluegrass band. Gerald: Honky tonk bluegrass just banjo and guitar and
stand-up bass. Very interesting. Richard: The indie Kingston Trio mixed with The Proclaimers
and Violent Femmes.
Bayot - Circling Buzzards
Ronald: Clever, mildly psychedelic folk/rock music with
ethnic instrumentation. Brilliant lyrics, excellent playing,
phenomenal production. Cool! Jimmy: Fascinating Eastern flavored folk. Caustically
funny with beautiful layers. We'll be fighting over this. Gerald: Indian folk laced with jam rock. Very interesting
mix of styles. Richard: What the fuck's a gimpy sitar? I got dibs on
this disc. No, YOU shut up.
Buchanan - Bastard Daughter
Ronald: Adequate chick-rock. Edgey songs, excellent musicianship.
Lyrics that express all those secret-not-so-secret girl truths. Jimmy: Strong female vocals, almost rock with country
and folk influences. I dig it big time! Gerald: Upbeat girly folky rock - lots of energy. Not
Callahan - Happier Than Everybody Else
Ronald: Brilliant, hooky pop-rock - A diversity of phenomenal
sounds, excellent songs and genius production. Awesome. Jimmy: Not sure It's right on the tip of my tongue
I like it. Gerald: She's like a Japanese rock girl, but she's not
Japanese. Good stuff.
Of Industry - !
Ronald: Excellent indie-math-rock album. Technical musicianship
married to clever lyrics. Great mood music to chill to. Jimmy: All the elements of depressing Britpop are in
place. It just doesn't grab me. Gerald: Low key indie rock with Morissey like vocals. Richard: It's like Television, only more Bunnymen-ier.
Doxies - Weight Of Gold
Ronald: Odd lyrics scattered among cool pop/rock songs that
sound like bedroom recordings - in good ways. Jimmy: The depraved lyrics and sweet-ass organs are nice.
The vocals are a bit watery. Gerald: Sort of 80's revival. Sounds like the Killers
& Franz Ferdinand. A little jam-bandy. Richard: Power-pop minus the power. Like early Tom Petty
or Rank & File.
Falini - Sun Under Me
Ronald: Magnapop-style rock'n'roll - tons of attitude and
good guitar riffs. Very New York. Jimmy: Aggro chick-pop. Not bad if you're into that,
although you may have heard it before. Gerald: Hard rocking girl like the Breeders, L7, Liz
Phair, Hole, and so on
Fritz - When It's Over
Ronald: Mostly cool songs from local Virginian. Cool guitars,
some great lyrics and arrangements. Local music. Jimmy: Pretty folk-rock, simple and not flowery. Nice
til he gets a little too Poco. Gerald: A country-rock John Mayer type singer/songwriter.
Nice voice. Richard: The stupid rhyming Ted Nugent spirit really
comes out on "Bitch".
Gun Called Tension - A Gun Called Tension
Ronald: Schizophrenic post-punk-post-rap-techno-dub collective.
Cool beats, interesting raps, great lyrics. Like The Fall meets
Ludacris. Jimmy: A less celebratory Outkast mixing new wave, post-grunge
and industrial. It's magically delicious. Gerald: KMFDM, Ministry, Pigface sound with a surprising
hip hop twist. Richard: Killing Joke, Tricky, Babes In Toyland and Cop
Shoot Cop had a beautifully ugly baby.
- A Fine Line Between
Ronald: Well-produced local bar-rock band. Interesting songs,
some cool guitars. Trying to get to X. Jimmy: Sounds like Athens, GA. The harmonies are horrendous.
Did I say Rank & File? Gerald: Less than inspired country-rock. Richard: Drivin' & Cryin' & cryin' & cryin'.
On The Cheap - Heap On The Cheap
Ronald: Good, well-written New York rock. Meaty guitars
over throbbing rhythms. The Replacements ride again! Jimmy: Cheap Trick, that is. Gerald: Ordinary college rock. Nothing to rave about.
- One Word
Ronald: Fucking amazing Delta-style gritty slide blues -
perfectly simple arrangements, dark songs, cool sounds, extreme
talent. Jimmy: Crunchy blues, similar to Scott Byram. Very cool
record, this noise will be popular. Gerald: Electric Delta blues crossed with Appalachian
bluegrass. Good sound.
Histrioniks - Homesick From The Grave
Ronald: Interesting new-folk with amazing guitar work and
odd female vocals. Captivating. Enthralling. Jimmy: Cool, dark folk. Singer has a sweet voice, but
needs to open up. Nice guitar. Gerald: Very mellow, acoustic girl-goddess rock strangeness. Richard: Sing-song vocals follow guitar lines too closely.
Echoey Spanish guitars are good.
Holy Fire - The Holy Fire
Ronald: Inspiring post-emo rock with Matthew Sweet-style
pop edge. Amazing drumming, choice guitars, and great songs. Jimmy: Boy, this fire is unforgettable. Nice brisk pace,
energetic but bleak. Highly recommended. Gerald: Holy crap! Holy Fire rocks! Richard: The new saviors of the new rock. Joy Division
feel with Britrock ethos.
- Me And Otto
Ronald: Forget Garage, this is pure rock'n'roll the way
it's supposed to be. Thick & heavy. Jimmy: 70's rock city - Yeeeah! (And it doesn't even
suck. They rock!) Gerald: Good, crunchy, loud Detroit style garage rock.
Trans Am not included. Richard: ROCK AND FUCKING ROLL, DUDE!
Mast - If I Told You, I'd Have To Kill You
Ronald: Intimate acoustic songs from promising one-man-band.
Lots of Townsend influences. Great songwriter & nice production. Jimmy: Singer/ Songwriter doing light country & blues
influenced rock. Gerald: Acoustic, folky singer/songwriter stuff. Richard: Nice album title... not refelctive of the music
at all, though.
Moaners - Dark Snack
Ronald: Brilliant 2-girl rock - amazing lyrics touched with
humor over very cool guitar-work. Sparse and lovely. Jimmy: A rocker girl that actually sings! Sort of. Nice
grooves, Sonic Youth delivery. Gerald: Gritty, stripped down rock with punky, almost
spoken word type vocals.
Porter - Homegrown
Ronald: Vince Clarke-inspired techno tracks full of 80's
sounds on disco grooves. Very danceable and interesting. Jimmy: Like fishing in an electron stream. Relaxing and
interesting. Soft beat techno. Gerald: Low key airy electronica, becomes slightly more
danceable as album progeesses. Richard: Dance music for people who hate dance music
like me. Damned catchy.
Ruby Doe - Always With Wings
Ronald: High-energy riff-heavy rock like Therapy? without
the giant psychosis. Excellent near-punk almost -metal rockin'. Jimmy: Good solid clean rock. By definition, what rock
should be. Gerald: I like to rock, and so do these guys. Richard: All the good things about metal without the
crotch-grabbing bullshit and screaming vocals.
- All In
Ronald: Anthemic rock songs with cool vocalist, great arrangements,
awesome instrumentation. Think The Box, less Euro-. Jimmy: Grand Funk Overdrive. Awful vocals, then cheesy
Joy Division to a Manchester beat. Gerald: Mediocre bar band with bad vocals. Richard: Throwing a lot of shit, but ain't none sticking.
Tsefalas - I'm All Right
Ronald: The shiniest pop record of 2005. Cool slurry
drumming, brilliant guitars and keyboards, great songs. Jimmy: Good to hear clever keyboards. Excellent, well-rounded,
pop that leaves little to be desired. Gerald: I have no point of reference for this record,
but I like it. Richard: Genius pop. This record feels like the prefect
mid-summer day trip.
Against sleep - Invitation To The Feast
Ronald: Smoother, less-insane Syd Barrett psychedelia, heavy
on synthesizers. Brilliant lyrics, excellent songwriting. Captivating
& clever. Jimmy: Killer slow rock. Like if American Music Club
was good. Or Eight Horsepower. Gerald: Nice, soothing, melodic, funky, eclectic. Wish
I could read the lyrics. Richard: A funky, psychedelic Moody fucking Blues. Astute
lyrics, totally amazing Distortionless down-tempo BRMC.
Wiard - Painting A Burning Building
Ronald: Brilliant pop-rock songs filled with cool drumming,
nice guitars, good stories, and poor vocals. Jimmy: Trite late 80's college pop. Smithereens, Rembrandts,
Goo Goo Dolls. I'll be in the quad. Gerald: A little R.E.M. , Lemonheads type stuff. Richard: This guy squoze all the gay out of Squeeze and
rocked it up a notch.
Whatever - The Great Pop
Ronald: Very cool indie-techno-folk-pop. Like Beck performing
Euro-synth pop on happy pills accompanied by Air. Jimmy: British influenced rock, very diversified, which
is refreshing. Generally simplistic pop. Gerald: Britpop type of sound - heavy on the synth. Hard
to pin down.